Happy New Year!
Last year, three of our project schools were taking part in the national examinations for the first time. This is an important milestone since it marks their entry into mainstream education sector. As I explained in this blog post, these examinations determine the suitability to join a high school and what level of school a student qualifies to join. The higher a student scores the more elite a school he/she can join, thus there’s a great emphasis on passing the national examinations. It is also the measure the determines the success of a school.
For our project schools, we had set the objective of having as many students as possible qualify to join a high school since we intent to construct two new high schools in Lemolo and Haji farm communities where these three primary schools are located.
I am delighted to note that the pioneering class sat for their examinations and now the results have been released.
Each student is examined in five subject areas; Math, English, Swahili, Science and Social Studies, which they can score a maximum 500 points. For a student to be considered to have qualified for a place in a local public high school, he/she has to score at least 200 points. However, students with slightly lower points can be considered in a rural remote area as a school agrees to do so.
Kimugul Primary School in Lemolo A, received an average score of 198 points from 28 students with 13 students getting more than 200 points. A further 10 students missed that cut off point by 10 points and hence will be considered being a pioneering class.
Sinendet Primary School in Lemolo B, received an average of 206 points from 21 students who sat for the national examinations. 10 students got over 200 points with another 5 students in reconsideration zone.
This matters because the next project that World Teacher Aid will undertake will be construction of a high school in the Lemolo area to service both Lemolo A and B communities. Therefore, this performance is an indicator of how many students we can admit into the school. The first years we will consider students with just slightly lower marks given the harsher conditions on this area. However, as the school gets taken over by the government the qualification standards that will be reinforced will be stricter.
In our newest school Safina Haji, the school had an average score of 208 points from 30 students with 20 pupils getting more than 200 points. Since we are also building a high school in Haji farm, this provides us with a solid base to start on.
As we celebrate the pioneering classes in these schools, it is now a good time to set our goals on much better performance in the schools since this year begins with the schools having almost all the resources they need in place; the buildings, textbooks, teachers and stationary.
Habari Mwaka Mpya -Happy New Year,
Sam- Field Rep
Teachers and students of Safina Haji of the arrival of the much anticipated new textbooks.
The graduating class of 2015 just before their national exams.
A class picture of the students in grade 8 before they sat for their national exam.